So you want to give Twilio a spin, or you’ve already signed up for your trial account and want to understand what you can and can’t do? You’re in the right place!
When you signed up for your trial account, you verified your personal phone number. You can see your list of verified phone numbers on the Verified Caller IDs page.
You must verify any non-Twilio phone numbers you wish to send SMSes, MMSes, or place phone calls to while in trial mode. This is an extra security measure for trial accounts that we remove once you upgrade your account. You may verify as many phone numbers as you’d like.
To make other non-Twilio phone numbers available to you in trial mode:
You will need a Twilio-enabled phone number (a phone number purchased through Twilio) to send messages or make phone calls using Twilio.
If you’re not picky about your Twilio phone number, you can let us pick your first one.
After signing up for your trial account, navigate to the Phone Numbers page in your console. You’ll see the phone number that we’ve selected for you: note the phone number’s capabilities, such as Voice, SMS, and MMS.
If you don’t like the number Twilio selects for you, you can search for another Twilio phone number instead.
Click on the ‘Search for a different number’ link to reach the phone search interface where you can find a number that better suits your needs. You can customize country, area code, or capabilities.
If you don’t use your phone number for more than 30 days, we’ll remove it from your trial project. If you decide to return, you can always pick a new phone number.
Note: we only allow 1 Twilio number per trial project. If you select a number or choose your own and decide that you’d like a different phone number, you must first release your current number, then pick a new number from the Buy a Number page.
To release your current Twilio phone number:
You will not be charged for any numbers 'purchased' during your free trial: the billing cycle for phone numbers and usage only begins once you upgrade. You may see charges on your Project Usage page: this is just to give you a feel for our pricing and your usage. You will not owe this money once you upgrade.
The processes for sending messages, making phone calls, and setting up an Elastic SIP Trunk are the same on a trial account as a full paid account. However, there are some restrictions and limitations while in trial mode.
Note: You cannot send SMSes from your personal phone number with Twilio, whether on a paid or trial plan. You can always send messages from Twilio numbers.
You can send international messages from your trial project as long as you:
Every trial account comes with a free trunk in addition to a free phone number. You can fully configure this SIP Trunk for testing and to place actual calls to and from your business, keeping these restrictions in mind:
SIP Trunking on trial accounts has a maximum of:
You can use either your Twilio trial phone number or a Verified Caller-ID as the caller ID/origination number when making calls from your SIP Trunk.
If your Twilio needs expand or you need to accomplish something that isn’t available to your trial account, you’ll need to upgrade your trial account to a full paid account. All you need to do to upgrade is provide your payment information via credit card or Paypal on the billing page. You can have Twilio automatically charge you when your balance falls below a certain threshold that you set, or you can buy Twilio credits with individual payments.